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How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves Paperback – July 1, 2010
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...I find this book so uniquely valuable, it will be front and center in my bookcase. -- Dr. Marty Becker, Veterinary contributor to ABC TV's Good Morning America, Knight Ridder Tribune Pet Columnist, Coauthor Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul, 2002 Veterinarian of the Year
Dr. Yin knows how---and why---to train, and how to convey the finer points to the average dog owner... -- Leslie Larson Cooper, DVM, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
Dr. Yin's book includes just about all you need to know to get the most enjoyment from your pet... -- Edward Price, Professor Emeritus of Animal Science, University of California, Davis, author of Animal Domestication and Behavior
Sophia Yin's approach to dog training is a perfect meshing of the scientific theory and practical application. -- Raymond Coppinger, PhD, Professor of Biology, Hampshire College --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Although you may not be aware of it, every interaction you have with your dog is a training session--with each pat on the head, cluck of disapproval, or offer of a treat, your dog is learning something. Whether he is learning something you want him to learn is another matter. If you want a well-behaved dog, you're going to have to modify your own behavior in order to modify his. The best way to achieve this is to understand how dogs think and learn.
Dr. Sophia Yin, a respected animal behaviorist, provides an in-depth approach to not only understanding dogs, but also understanding how to effectively communicate with them. As you read about the practical aspects of learning theory, you will realize what motivates your dog, then apply Dr. Yin's scientifically-based training methods to get the results you want. Exercises for training and problem solving are broken down into short, easy-to-read sections, and friendly, instructional illustrations enhance the techniques.
The positive approach to correcting and training your dog's behaviors will help you see the world from your dog's perspective and provide the necessary training tools to effect amazing behavioral changes. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The way YOU behave is more important than any other factor in training your dog, and understanding how reinforcements (treats, romps, praise, and petting) affect your dog is central to understanding what you can do, what is necessary, and when it is possible.
The lessons and chapters or "How to Behave..." lay out the critical issues you are dealing with, what is going on in the dog's head, and the types of behaviors and reinforcements to use in each area of dog behavior. I can't imagine a more appropriate approach to dog training. This is the book that helps you understand why the other training approaches work (or maybe don't work as the case may be).
I bought the Kindle edition, but I may buy a paper edition, just so I can dog ear important pages and wear it out. I expect it to be my go-to reference for as long as I have dogs.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand their dog and train them to be the best dog they can be. I would give it 6 stars if I could.
I had a professional trainer recently use my dog as a demo... he was teaching avoidance methods (tension always, until the dog complies which this book does NOT advocate and I hated to see the results of on my sweet girl!)... he couldn't use her because she did everything he asked right away (she was trained using this book and positive rewards only...). His corrections were only for her trying to run away from him...
Jerking her around for trying to escape him proved to me what this book said: a dog wants to please you and just needs you to be calm, clear, and meet it halfway with better communication.
I pulled her from that class and she is not a demo dog anymore! Everyone else who actually came to that class for training dropped out too... I've since recommended this book. I got better results with it by myself, for free. At home she listens with just my verbal commands!
This book is a good start for those who find themselves loving and living with a dog that they can't communicate with in the ways they might be used to. Pick up this book, a waist-attach leash for you, a front-attach harness for your dog, and some cheese cubes, and you should be ready to make real progress toward a low-stress, happy life with your pet.
Much of her advice makes it obvious, at least to me, that she had limited real world experience working with dogs. Some of her advice (to wit, her advise on how to get a neighbor’s dog to start barking) is naieve and in some cases just silly.
Finally, this book was written in 2004 so is now 14 years old. Even at 14 years old I’m surprised how many references she made to old-school concepts dealing with dominance, submission, etc.
I know that Sophia was liked when she was alive, but this information is just too shallow and dated in 2018. There are better sources.